Snetterton timetable and info links

SNETTERTON 29-31 JULY, 2016 — The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is back with a vengeance this weekend at Snetterton after a six week summer break.  Drivers will be looking to get the second half their seasons off to the best possible start in an effort to come out on top in the title run-in.

Carlin’s Max Fewtrell arrives with a 20 point lead in the championship ahead of a host of fellow title contenders including team-mates Petru Florescu and James Pull, as well has JHR’s Sennan Fielding and TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds. Fan favourite Billy Monger also makes a welcome return for JHR.

Meanwhile, Alexandra Marinescu and Alexandra Mohnhaupt will make their debuts for Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport respectively. By joining the series this weekend Mohnhaupt becomes the first Mexican driver to race in British F4.

Here’s everything you need to know to stay in touch this weekend.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA -powered by Ford timetable

Friday 29 July – Testing 0900-0945 & 1340-1425

Saturday 30 July – Qualifying 0900-0920; Round 16 1355; Round 17 1715

Sunday 31 July – 1230 British F4 Driver Autograph & Interview Session at Ford Technical Centre; Round 18 1450 LIVE ON ITV4

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Ford’s young stars to take Snetterton by storm

  • Carlin’s Fewtrell heads to Snetterton as man to beat at the top of the standings.
  • Team-mate DeFrancesco arrives in formidable form.
  • Aussies Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard riding high.
  • JHR’s Billy Monger makes welcome return to the grid.
  • Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport will make their 2016 debut with Marinescu and Mohnhaupt respectively.

28 JULY, 2016 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is back with a bang this weekend after its six week summer break. The UK’s finest junior single-seater stars all eager to resume battle at Snetterton.

With one race win, seven podiums and a 20 point lead, Carlin’s Max Fewtrell is in pole position to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. Fewtrell, who turns 17 on Friday, has exhibited a metronomic level of consistency with his calm and considered approach.

However, team-mates Petru Florescu, James Pull and Devlin DeFrancesco all have him in their sights. The latter has looked formidable with wins at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft. Florescu is currently Fewtrell’s closest challenger with the most number of victories, whilst Pull’s high points scoring finishes give him plenty to build upon.

British F4’s Aussies went into the summer break with big smiles on their faces. Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds got his title quest back on track at Croft with another victory and podium and Double R’s Zane Goddard broke his victory duck. He was the form man throughout: qualifying on pole, posting fastest laps and never finishing off the podium.

TRS Arden’s season has been gaining momentum: Rafael Martins having claimed his maiden win in the series and Jack Martin adding another two Rookie Class wins to his name at Croft. He’ll be looking to replicate this performance in his quest for the Rookie Cup. The series’ youngest driver Ayrton Simmons is sure to put in some more inspired drives this weekend as he continues to make a name for himself.

JHR Developments are boosted by the welcome return of crowd pleaser Billy Monger. Jack Butel has undergone an intensive training programme in an effort to take the rest of 2016 by storm. Whilst Snetterton represents something of a happy hunting ground for Sennan Fielding, where he claimed a brace of fourth place finishes and a podium last season. Victories will undoubtedly be the aim this weekend as he bids to keep his title hopes alive.

Jamie Caroline is hoping to fare better than he did on his debut with Fortec. Team-mate Alex Quinn is aiming for a strong showing to propel him into the title fight. Frank Bird made a breakthrough with his first points score six weeks ago and Nicolai Kjaergaard is hungry for more Rookie Class success.

JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen is still looking to find his rhythm this year, although another point score at Croft suggests he’s heading in the right direction.

Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport join the fray. Alexandra Marinescu will race for the former after her 2015 campaign was cut short. Alexandra Mohnhaupt will line up for Falcon and become the first Mexican driver to compete in British F4.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway with two test sessions tomorrow ahead of a blockbuster day for the series on Saturday, which will feature official qualifying at 0900 and then two races at 1355 and 1715. Lights will out for the final race of the weekend on Sunday at 1450 which will be screened live on ITV4.

Snetterton timetable
Friday 29 July
0900-0945 & 1340-1425 Testing
Saturday 30 July
0900 Qualifying; 1355 Race 1; 1715 Race 2
Sunday 31 July
1230 British F4 Driver Autograph Session at Ford Technical Centre
1450 Race 3
On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1450
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.

Strong Snetterton points the aim for Jamie Caroline in F4 British Championship

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27 JULY, 2017 – Jamie Caroline will hope to score big this weekend when the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford bursts back into life at Snetterton for Fortec Motorsports and Pirtek Racing.

The sixth meeting of the season will see Jamie resume battle in the hotly-contested single-seater series after a six week summer break, with the visit to Norfolk marking the teenager’s second event as part of the Fortec Motorsport team.

In his maiden campaign of open-wheel competition, Jamie has proven to be nothing short of a revelation, with a series of battling performances on track helping him to secure four podium finishes so far.

Jamie also arguably produced one of the drives of the year to date at Donington Park back in April, where he made up nine places on the first lap of a wet opening race of the weekend.

The reigning Ginetta Jr champion heads for Snetterton keen to rebound from a challenging weekend in the final event prior to the summer break at Croft, where an incident on track in race two and then a post-race penalty in race three prevented him from securing the results that his pace deserved.

The 17-year-old will hope to challenge towards the front of the pack this weekend in order to make a move up the championship standings from his current ninth place, with just 35 points separating Jamie from a place inside the top six.

“I cant wait to get back in the car this weekend after the six week break, and I’m hopeful that we can put in a good performance to kick-start the second half of the season,” he said. “Croft was a difficult weekend on my debut with Fortec and I don’t think the results there reflected our performance, which is something I hope we can put right at Snetterton.

“I was on the pace during testing at the circuit before the season started and I feel confident about my chances when I return there for the race meeting, especially as I now have a race meeting under my belt with my new team and we both have a better understanding of how each other work.

“The first target this weekend is to score some strong points in all three races and hopefully we will be in a position to challenge at the front for at least a podium finish or two.”

After qualifying on Saturday 30 July at 09.00, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 13.55 later that day, with race two at 17.15. Race three then follows at 14.50 on Sunday and will feature in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage. Live timing and results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com.

Richardson Racing signs Marinescu for F4 British Championship return

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27 JULY, 2016 – The Richardson Racing team has confirmed today that it will return to single-seater competition for the remainder of the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season after agreeing terms on a deal with Romanian youngster Alexandra Marinescu.

The Corby-based team has spent the past two seasons competing in the championship under its previous guises of Formula Ford and MSA Formula, but sat out the opening half of the new campaign whilst evaluating potential drivers.

Amongst those drivers was 16-year-old Alexandra, who has now put pen-to-paper on a deal that will see her contest the remaining five meetings on the 2016 schedule, starting with this weekend’s sixth meeting of the season at Snetterton.

The first female single-seater driver from Romania, Alexandra enjoyed a successful career in karting before making the move into the Skip Barber Summer Series in the USA in 2014; where she picked up six top ten finishes in just eight starts.

Alexandra had planned to contest the 2015 MSA Formula season, only for funding issues to curtail her programme; forcing her onto the sidelines as she worked to secure the sponsorship required for a return.

In preparation for her return to competitive action, Alexandra has been hard at work behind the wheel of her new Ford Ecoboost-powered Mygale, with tests at Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch in recent weeks.

Now the youngster will seek to build on the progress shown during her ‘pre-season’ testing programme when the real action gets underway with three races in Norfolk this weekend, with the main aim being to bring home three solid finishes and to increase her experience.

“I’m really pleased to have agreed a deal to race in the remainder of the British F4 season and I can’t wait for this weekend,” she said. “Testing has gone well and to be honest, it’s not taken me as long to get back up to speed as I thought it would having been out of a race car for 18 months.

“I knew it wouldn’t be easy to jump in the car and be right on the pace, but I think the lap-times I have posted in testing have been encouraging when you consider the amount of experience that I have. I’ve also managed to build a good relationship with the team really quickly and we are all getting on well, which is important. They have given me a good car, and that gives me confidence going into my first race weekend.

“I know that I’m not going to be challenging for wins during the second half of this season, as that is an unrealistic aim at the moment. What I want to do is improve my performance on a race-by-race basis and get into a position where I am able to fight in the middle of the pack. If we can do that before the end of the season, then I think I will have done well.”

Team boss Gwyn Richardson admitted he had been impressed by Alexandra’s performance during her time behind the wheel and expressed confidence in the teenager’s ability to show her talents through the remainder of the year.

“Alexandra has basically had five days of testing to try to catch up with rivals who have been racing for half a season, and have done numerous tests on top of that,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re delighted with how she has done so far, especially considering the amount of experience she has.

“She is still learning and very much a work in progress, but Alexandra has driven very well in testing and shown the talent she has. Her pace has been good relative to the times that more experienced drivers have put in, and whilst Snetterton will be a tough circuit on which to make her debut, we’re confident that she’ll be competitive.

“We are under no illusions about the challenge ahead but as Alexandra’s knowledge and experience increases, we have no doubt that she’ll soon be working her way up the grid.”

 

Falcon Motorsport to fly once again in F4 British Championship with Mohnhaupt

  • 16-year-old Alexandra Mohnhaupt to be first Mexican driver in British F4.
  • Hugely successful Falcon Motorsport team return to the grid.

22 JULY, 2016 – Falcon Motorsport are to join the fray at the Snetterton (30/31 July) and Knockhill (13/14 August) rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with Alexandra Mohnhaupt.

It’s a welcome return to the Ford EcoBoost-powered series for Falcon Motorsport who contested last season. Furthermore, in 2014 the Oxfordshire team achieved second place in both the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain team cup and drivers’ championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott.

Mohnhaupt arrives having already competed in the Mexican F4 series where she currently lies second in the rookie standings.

The 16-year-old from Puebla, Mexico has no shortage of karting success to her name having been crowned National Rotax Junior Max Champion and Junior Max Champion in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Said Mohnhaupt: “It’s a great feeling to be the first Mexican driver in the F4 British Championship. I know I can do a good job and get some strong results for Mexico.

“I want to learn a lot. I want to learn from the other drivers and from the team so I can go back to Mexico stronger. I can learn a lot because British F4 uses the same car as in Mexico [with the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine and Mygale chassis].

“The tracks will be the biggest thing to get used to, as well as the tyres, but I think I can handle them.

“I want to finish as high up the order as possible, but it’s all about learning more about the car.

“I’m already really enjoying working with Falcon Motorsport. I am confident we will be able to make good progress together.

Added Falcon Motorsport team principle Nick Streatfield: “To be able to get out on track with Alexandra is good. We’ve been working on it for a while.

“For her it’s all part of the learning curve; coming over to the UK to gain experience of a different championship. We are obviously very happy to take on that role and give her a different perspective to see how she measures against the regulars of the F4 British Championship.

“We’re keeping our expectations in check. We are going up against drivers who have been driving all year in this championship and have tested at most of the circuits. Alexandra is going to have to go straight into Snetterton and Knockhill, running at circuits she has never been to.

“It will be tough, but we know that and she knows that. That doesn’t mean to say we’re not aiming for the front, but it is more about Alexandra getting experience at the moment.”

Streatfield went on to say that two days of testing with Mohnhaupt were to take place yesterday and today at Donington and Brands Hatch: “The two days are going to be about getting her up to speed and working with her to try to hit the ground running.”

Streatfield couldn’t hide is excitement about Falcon Motorsport’s return to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series: “It’s fantastic to be back. It’s been painful to be away. We tried and worked really hard over the winter to secure a few things and it just didn’t work out.

“We have been an important part of the series in the past. We know a lot of the people at Ford and we are keen to be part of the family again.”

Streatfield also cast an eye on the future: “We’re concentrating on these upcoming rounds and building up a good relationship with Alexandra. Then we can start talking about what the possibilities for the future are.

“As a team we have every intention of being on the grid in 2017 with three cars. We want to be back out in force.”

Win number two for Herta and a Carlin 1-2 in Snetterton finale

  • Pole-to-flag win for Colton Herta ahead of his team-mate Lando Norris
  • Ricky Collard’s ninth sees his championship points lead cut to 10

SNETTERTON 9 AUGUST, 2015 – Colton Herta delivered another inch-prefect performance at Snetterton this afternoon to add a second MSA Formula win to his racing CV. This time the 15-year-old Californian took the lead with a rocketship getaway from pole position ahead of his Carlin team-mate Lando Norris and never looked in danger of coming under serious threat.

Herta’s Ford EcoBoost-powered machine led all the way and crossed the line 2.5s clear of his pursuer, with Fortec’s Dan Ticktum close behind for third.

If Herta had any nerves about starting from the pole resulting from his spin from the lead in yesterday’s Snetterton opener, he did not show them. Colton said after his podium celebrations, and collecting the Ford £1000 winner’s cheque, that he hoped his season had now turned a corner: “I think we’ll do well from now on. I thought we had the speed coming here and so it has proved, and all thanks to Carlin for giving me a great car.”

Norris chased for all he was worth, with Herta unable to extend his advantage beyond 1.5s until the closing laps, but Lando knew he would have to rely on an error from his team-mate if he was to find a way past. “It’s a bit better than yesterday,” said Lando, “because I finished second and not third, but it was a hard race. I just about kept Dan behind but I struggled a bit while Colton has done a great job all weekend. We have a few things to work on before Knockhill.”

Norris came under attack from Ticktum around Riches and Montreal on the opening lap but managed to repulse the move. Thereafter Ticktum was unable to challenge Norris but nonetheless collected his third podium of the Snetterton weekend, and a Rookie class hat-trick. Behind him, the runners in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh held their position from the first lap to the last, Sennan Fielding (JHR) leading home Petru Florescu (Carlin), Tarun Reddy (Double R) and Enaam Ahmed (TRS Arden).

Championship leader Ricky Collard started from the very back of the grid after technical problems in qualifying and set about the task of clawing his way through the order with typical gusto. Ricky made it into the top nine by lap five but Jack Barlow (MBM) proved immovable from eighth position despite a concerted last-lap attack from Collard. Ricky went to Snetterton with a 25-point championship lead over Norris; he leaves Norfolk with his advantage cut to just 10.

Rafa Martins’ hard work over the weekend paid off with a 10th-place finish for SWB Motorsport, with Jessica Hawkins 11th for Falcon Motorsport and her best finish of the season. JTR drivers Dan Baybutt and James Pull were next up, with Richardson Racing duo Louise Richardson and Ollie Pidgley completing the top 15.

Fortec had one car at the sharp end and two at the rear – Josh Smith 19th after a pit visit with mechanical woes and Toby Sowery retiring with fuel pressure issues. Sandy Mitchell was another pit-caller, with throttle problems, the Scotsman continuing to 20th. Poor Matheus Leist failed to make the grid, his Double R car suffering engine trouble immediately pre-race.

Provisional results Round 18 Snetterton 9 August 2015
11 laps / 32.66 miles
1 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 20m 54.341s / 93.72mph
2 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +2.462s
3 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec +2.798s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +8.165s
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +8.691s
6 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R +11.339s
7 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +17.376s
8 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM +22.917s
9 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +23.079s
10 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +27.146s etc
Fastest lap Herta 1m 52.879s / 94.68mph

Rookie class 1 Ticktum; 2 Florescu; 3 Ahmed; 4 Martins; 5 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR; 6 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon; 7 Ameya VAIDYANATHAN / IND / JTR; 8 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec ; 9 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden

Provisional championship standings
1 Collard 244 points; 2 Norris 234; 3 Ticktum 208; 4 Fielding 178; 5 Matheus Leist 168; 6 Herta 160; 7 Mitchell 107; 8 James Pull 80; 9 Reddy 79; 10 Barlow 72 etc
Rookie class 1 Ticktum 320; 2 Baybutt 224; 3 Florescu 221; 4 Mitchell 218; 5 Ahmed 210 etc

Full times

Herta heals the hurt with Snetterton race victory

  • Carlin man bounces back from first-race disappointment to secure his maiden MSA Formula win
  • Dan Ticktum claims second from 10th on the grid, with Sennan Fielding third

SNETTERTON 9 AUGUST, 2015 – Colton Herta, who yesterday spun away what could have been his maiden MSA Formula win, this morning redeemed himself with a level-headed drive to victory in Round 17 at Snetterton. There were no errors forthcoming today from the 15-year-old American – the youngest in the race – whose Carlin-prepared and Ford EcoBoost-powered car swept into the lead past Jack Barlow after three laps and held on in front to clinch the race by a 3.5-second margin.

Barlow, starting from the pole in the reverse-grid race by dint of his 10th place finish yesterday, led Herta and the rest away from the grid in his MBM-run machine and held on to top spot until they exited Murrays at the end of the third, whereafter he was unable to prevent Herta, who got a better exit from the corner, from accelerating past. Worse was to come for Jack: race officials deemed he had anticipated the start and hit him with a drive-through penalty.

Herta’s hopes of building an advantage where thwarted after contact between the cars of Ameya Vaidyanathan (JTR) and Ollie Pidgley (Richardson Racing) brought out the safety car while Vaidyanathan’s car was retrieved from where it had come to rest. Colton handled the restart perfectly with Barlow (yet to take his penalty) and Double R’s Tarun Reddy in pursuit. Sennan Fielding (JHR) managed to dislodge Dan Ticktum (Fortec) from fourth at the restart but faltered when he found some oil on the circuit before the end of the seventh lap, allowing Ticktum to repass.

Reddy erred at the restart, colliding with the rear of Barlow’s car – which earned the Indian a post-race reprimand – and then again on lap eight, when he spun at Palmer and lost three places. It was good news for Ticktum who, when Barlow peeled off to take his drive-through, was promoted to P2. Dan crossed the line three-and-a-half seconds behind Herta – an impressive result from 10th on the grid – with Fielding completing the podium.

Said winner Colton Herta, who pockets a £1000 Ford prize: “It was quite an upset yesterday but this makes up for it. I should have gotten a better start but I was right there and waiting to see if there would be a mistake, and there was, so I made my move. It’s so hard to pass here that really you need another driver to make a mistake to be able to get by. It’s nice to get my first win under my belt.”

Third, Sennan Fielding: “It was a good race – enjoyable after all the problems we had in testing and qualifying. I got Ticktum at the restart but there was oil down at Palmer and I had to run wide and it caught me out a little bit.”

One of the drives of the race came from Fortec man Toby Sowery, who started 11th on the grid and made steady progress to climb to eighth before the safety car and then gained two more slots on the restart lap at the expense of TRS Arden team-mates Enaam Ahmed and Ricky Collard. Reddy’s spin and Barlow’s drive-through promoted Toby to a season-best fourth at the line. Reddy placed fifth with Collard getting the jump on Ahmed at the restart to secure sixth.

Ahmed crossed the line seventh overall (and second Rookie). “I made a few mistakes at the restart which cost me a couple of places,” said Enaam, “but overall I am happy with the way things have gone for me at the start of the second half of the season. When you come to cars from karts, something needs to click and it seems to have done so…” Ahmed finished ahead of Carlin’s Lando Norris and Jack Butel (JHR), whose ninth place was the best of his season so far. Josh Smith (Fortec) passed Petru Florescu (Carlin) on the final lap to complete the overall top 10 and the Rookie class podium.

Rafa Martins (SWB) and Dan Baybutt (JTR) finished in line astern for 12th and 13th with Louise Richardson (Richardson Racing) recovering well from a third-lap spin to take 14th, just ahead of Darius Karbaley’s Falcon car and JTR’s James Pull, who started from the back after a five-place grid penalty following contact in race one. Jessica Hawkins maintained her 100 per cent finish rate for the Falcon team with 17th, ahead of the penalised Barlow and Pidgley, who visited the pits for repairs after his contact with Vaidyanathan.

Double R’s Matheus Leist and TRS Arden man Sandy Mitchell both suffered mechanical issues and failed to finish.

Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton 9 August 2015
10 laps / 29.69 miles
1 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 21m 06.852s / 84.36mph
2 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec +3.545s
3 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +3.740s
4 Toby SOWERY / GBR / Fortec +5.666s
5 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R +5.825s
6 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +6.775s
7 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +7.367s
8 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +8.602s
9 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR +12.032s
10 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec +12.275s etc

Fastest lap Ticktum 1m 52.807s / 94.74mph

Rookie class 1 Ticktum; 2 Ahmed; 3 Smith; 4 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin; 5 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB; 6 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR; 7 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon

Provisional championship standings
1 Collard 242 points; 2 Norris 216; 3 Ticktum 193; 4 Matheus Leist 168; 5 Fielding 166; 6 Herta 134; 7 Sandy Mitchell 106; 8 James Pull 80; 9 Reddy 88; 10 Jack Barlow 68 etc
Rookie class 1 Ticktum 294; 2 Mitchell 216; 3 Baybutt 214; 4 Florescu 203; 5 Ahmed 195 etc

Full results

Ticktum claims the win in first Ford EcoBoost-powered race of the Snetterton weekend

  • Dan Ticktum takes win number three for Fortec after early leader Colton Herta spins
  • Lando Norris shadows Ticktum to the flag with championship leader Ricky Collard third

SNETTERTON 8 AUGUST, 2015 – Dan Ticktum scored his third victory of the MSA Formula season at Snetterton this afternoon, the 16-year-old Fortec driver guiding his Ford EcoBoost-powered car to a 1.2s win over Lando Norris after gaining the lead on the second lap.

Ticktum’s win came at the expense of test day and qualifying front-runner Colton Herta, who led the opening lap only to spin away his advantage under pressure from Dan. Lando Norris placed second to uphold Carlin honours with championship leader Ricky Collard third for the TRS Arden squad.

Herta did everything right in the run up to the race, besting everyone throughout Friday’s testing and scoring a twin-pole success in qualifying this morning ahead of Norris. The 15-year-old Californian made an impeccable start to lead Norris and Ticktum away from the line but came unstuck at Brundle on lap two. “I spun it – my fault,” said Colton, whose car was undamaged and able to rejoin.

Ticktum passed Norris for second on the opening lap and gratefully accepted Herta’s dropped ball. He was kept honest to the end by Norris, who pursued him for all he was worth. Said Dan from the victory podium: “It was a good race and the car was all good as well. Colton spun going under the bridge – I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of grip there on the first lap. It was a shame to see that but obviously it was quite good for me. Around lap five they started to close on me and I needed to push hard to get a small gap.” Ticktum also claimed the Rookie class honours for the ninth time this season.

Norris was frustrated not to have been able to get on terms with Ticktum but pleased to have slightly narrowed Collard’s championship lead: “I couldn’t do anything about Ticktum. We struggled a bit. I think if it had been the opposite way around, with me in front, then I could have pulled away because our pace is really good but it’s hard to follow a car closely and to pass here.”

After a nightmare qualifying involving a broken gearshift component, Collard was happy enough with his podium finish and is looking forward to pleasing the crowd in tomorrow’s feature race, which he will have to start from the back of the grid. Said Ricky: “We weren’t fast enough in the right places and that made it very difficult to try to get past. But I will be giving it everything in the Duo Arden car tomorrow and the spectators should be in for a treat.”

JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding held station behind the leading bunch for the duration to finish fourth, 1.6s ahead of Carlin’s Petru Florescu, with TRS Arden man Enaam Ahmed continuing to demonstrate his improved form and claiming sixth, his best finish of the season to date. Florescu and Ahmed completed the Rookie class podium.

Matheus Leist battled his Double R team-mate Tarun Reddy throughout the race, the Brazilian relieving the Indian of seventh place on the final lap. Herta battled back from 11th after his spin, establishing a new lap record on his way to ninth ahead of Jack Barlow’s MBM car.

There was steady progress for Fortec’s Toby Sowery to claim 11th at the line from 16th on the grid, ahead of Louise Richardson’s Richardson Racing machine. Rafa Martins, his qualifying fuel pressure issues sorted, raced to 13th for SWB Motorsport ahead of Falcon Motorsport’s Jessica Hawkins and Sandy Mitchell (TRS Arden).

The finishing order was completed by Darius Karbaley, Jack Butel, James Pull, Ameya Vaidyanathan, Josh Smith (who pitted for a replacement tyre) and Daniel Baybutt (who was another pit visitor following a penultimate-lap off-track excursion). Ollie Pidgley’s Richardson Racing car was the only non-finisher, this after contact with another runner.

Tomorrow’s Snetterton excitement gets underway bright and early at 0920 with the reverse-grid race – in which Barlow will go from the pole – ahead of the 1520 feature race, which will be screened live on ITV4.

Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton 8 August 2015
11 laps / 32.66 miles
1 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 20m 45.770s / 94.37mph
2 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +1.281s
3 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +2.035s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.733s
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +6.333s
6 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +11.455s
7 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +13.850s
8 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R +14.082s
9 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +14.183s
10 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM +15.558s etc
Fastest lap Herta 1m 51.651s / 95.72mph Est Rec

Rookie class 1 Ticktum; 2 Florescu; 3 Ahmed; 4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB; 5 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden; 6 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon; 7 Ameya VAIDYANATHAN / IND / JTR; 8 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec; 9 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR

Grid for Round 17 Barlow – Herta – Reddy – Leist – Ahmed – Florescu – Fielding – Collard – Norris – Ticktum etc

Provisional championship standings
1 Collard 234 points; 2 Norris 212; 3 Ticktum 174; 4 Leist 168; 5 Fielding 151; 6 Herta 109; 7 Mitchell 106; 8 James Pull 78; 9 Barlow 67; 10 Martins 63 etc
Rookie class 1 Ticktum 268; 2 Mitchell 216; 3 Baybutt 206; 4 Florescu 191; 5 Martins 180 etc

Full results

Herta claims a double pole with Ford power at Snetterton

  • Colton and his Carlin team-mate Lando Norris dominate qualifying in Norfolk
  • Problems blunt the pace of championship leader Ricky Collard

SNETTERTON 8 AUGUST, 2015 – Colton Herta continued his strong run of Snetterton form this morning in qualifying, following up his clean sweep of yesterday’s test sessions with further improvements in pace to claim a double-top at the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered Carlin-prepared chassis.

The 15-year-old Californian will start this afternoon’s 16th round of the MSA Formula Championship from pole position thanks to a 1m 50.398s lap of the three-mile Norfolk circuit, and will go from top spot also in tomorrow’s live-televised Round 18. Herta’s Carlin team-mate Lando Norris will line up behind him for both races. Said first-time pole-sitter Colton: “I guess we just put everything together today. I knew after yesterday that there was more to come from the car and today we found it. I like Snetterton – it has all sorts of corners and seems to suit my driving style.”

Norris, who was 0.363s behind, was pleased for his running mate but frustrated: “It was hard – hard to beat my team-mate… Colton put everything together and was quicker than me in the second half of the lap.”

There was drama and disappointment for championship leader Ricky Collard (TRS Arden), who set third-best time before a gearchange issue brought his retirement from the session at mid-distance. Fortec’s Dan Ticktum knocked him back to fourth overall on the timesheet towards the end of qualifying, but Ricky’s enforced absence from the track cost him dearly in terms of setting a competitive second-fastest time and as a result he will start Round 18 from 22nd and last on the grid.

Fresh from competing in the States in USF2000, Sennan Fielding qualified fifth fastest for the JHR Developments team, ahead of Matheus Leist (Double R) and Petru Florescu (Carlin). TRS Arden’s Enaam Ahmed equalled his best qualifying performance of the season with eighth, with Double R’s Tarun Reddy and Arden’s third man, Sandy Mitchell, completing the top 10.

Technical issues blighted the session for SWB Motorsport’s Rafael Martins, who completed only three laps, JHR’s Jack Butel and JTR’s James Pull, all of whom will go from towards the back this afternoon. The first of the three Snetterton MSA Formula races follows at 1510.

Provisional qualifying times Snetterton 8 August 2015
Grid order for Round 16
1 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 1:50.398
2 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 1:50.761
3 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 1:51.086
4 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 1:51.368
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:51.547
6 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 1:51.673
7 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:51.700s
8 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden 1:51.854
9 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R 1:51.877
10 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 1:51.900 etc

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest times): Herta – Norris – Ticktum – Fielding – Leist – Florescu – Mitchell – Josh Smith – Reddy – Ahmed etc

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Herta on top at Snetterton as Collard bids to maintain Ford-powered series lead

  • US star Colton Herta quickest in all three pre-race test sessions
    Herta’s Carlin team-mate Lando Norris second fastest and championship leader Ricky Collard P3

SNETTERTON 7 AUGUST, 2015 – Championship leader Ricky Collard battled back from adversity at Snetterton today in practice for the weekend’s rounds of the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship. Nineteen-year-old Collard suffered a brake problem in the day’s first session which hampered his progress, but be bounced back in the afternoon to set a time less than three-tenths shy of Norfolk pacesetter Colton Herta.

Herta, the youngest driver in the field, topped all three of the day’s sessions to buoy his hopes ahead of rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the UK’s leading youth-training single-seater series.

Carlin driver Colton’s best lap around the three-mile Snetterton 300 track was achieved in 1m 50.764s, more than a second under the best time achieved there in the March pre-season test. His team-mate Lando Norris ran him closest, with Collard third quickest.

Said Colton: “I’m happy with that and I think there is more time to come. I like this track but it’s going to be tough to pass in the races so pole is going to be important…”

Collard, who takes a 25-point championship lead into the second half of the season, said: “We had a mechanical failure this morning, with a brake calliper, which caused me a bit of a scary moment going into the hairpin, so the second session was our first proper session and we were struggling a bit. The track was changing, and a bit slower, and we had to play catch-up a little.

“The plan for the weekend is to try to increase the points gap. We are in the driving seat now and as long as we don’t do anything silly it should be OK.”

Official qualifying is set for 11am tomorrow ahead of a 1510 start for the championship’s 16th round. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1520.

Leading testing times Snetterton 7 August 2015 (sessions 1/2/3)
1 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 1:50.878 / 1:51.209 / 1:50.764
2 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 1:51.526 / 1:51.731 / 1:50.852
3 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 1:53.009 / 1:51.746 / 1:51.047
4 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 1:53.020 / 1:51.930 / 1:51.211
5 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 1:51.616 / 1:51.303 / 1:51.668
6 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R 1:52.551 / 1:52.380 / 1:51.723
7 Jack BARLOW / GBR / MBM 1:53.144 / 1:52.174 / 1:51.730
8 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 1:52.076 / 1:52.477 / 1:52.021
9 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:52.866 / 1:52.346 / 1:52.051
10 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:52.154 / 1:52.377 / 1:52.064 etc

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